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A way to install all the older versions of Internet Explorer alongside IE7 or IE8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brett Brewer   
Thursday, 12 February 2009

As usual Microsoft has done nothing to make running multiple versions of IE on the same computer possible, but a creative hacker named Yousif at has released an installer that will install IE 3, 4.01, 5.01, 5.5 and 6.0 as standalone versions that can be run right alongside your copy of IE7 or IE8. Apparently it's been out since 2006, but this is the first I've heard of it and I'm quite glad I did. Shame on Microsoft for not making this easy from the get-go.

UPDATE: I no longer recommend the above method because I've discovered very unpredictable behavior using the standalone versions of IE. I now prefer to simply set up separate virtual machines with full versions of each browser installed and just run them all in virtual machines. This way I can test IE 5.5 - 8 in both Win2K and WindowsXP and know that the browsers are behaving normally on all platforms. If you can't spring for a copy of VMWare, you can find some free alternatives.I hear Virtual Box is pretty good. 

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